Westland Distillery is located in Seattle and started producing whisky in 2011. It was a medium size craft distillery capable of producing 60 000 liters of spirit per annum.
During the summer of 2013 the owners moved to another location increasing the capacity to 260 000 liters. The company caught attention of some bigger players and in the late 2016 was purchased by the French drink company Rèmy Cointreau. Westland Peated Single Malt was introduced in 2014 and immediately added to the core range. The whisky is a vatting of two new make spirits – the first is a mash of peated malt and the second is a mash of 100% Washington Select pale malt. The casks used for maturation are predominantly ex-bourbon casks with a little addition of ex-sherry casks.
Nose: moderately smoky, malty, roasted nuts, candied orange peel, caramel, vanilla, baked plantains and hints of cedar wood.
Palate: toffee, vanilla, salted caramel, roasted nuts and almonds, touch of mint, iodine, charred oak and peat smoke in the background.
Finish: medium long, warming, with notes of citrus, vanilla and lingering smoke.